Marble has been the traditional choice of artists and sculptors, but could it work for ordinary kitchens too? Marble seems too expensive and too fancy for the average London home, but a closer look reveals the benefits associated with this versatile and attractive natural stone. There are some things you need to consider when you are installing marble countertops in your home, but the advantages of classic marble outweigh the cons. Find out more about marble with our quick guide to using the stone in your home.
Marble Facts and Figures
Marble is a naturally occurring stone that is mined from the mountains of north and south America, Europe, and Asia. Thanks to the processes that created it, marble has veins and patterns running through it and no two slabs of marble are alike. Marble is porous, and it is slightly less hard than granite although it is harder than soapstone and wood. It is a heat-resistant stone and it is resistant to chips and dents.
Marble Colours and Styles
Take a look at the marble worktops London showcases and you’ll see how many colours and styles marble comes in. You can find red and pink marble, green, pure white and even black marble countertops. The variations in colour and style give marble a pleasing natural look and the wavy lines set off the starker lines in a kitchen in an attractive manner.
Marble matches different room styles and can be paired with a variety of accessories from wooden farmhouse tables to colourful tiles. Marble looks modern or traditional, depending on the overall design of the room and it is a versatile stone that allows for many different style combinations. Using marble on the countertops gives a base to the kitchen that will not go out of style and provides flexibility for the owner to change décor without having to change the work surfaces. Take a look at these London home ideas for more inspiration.
Marble is available in a variety of different finishes from polished to matt. By sanding the marble, a matt finish is produced that mutes the stone’s colours and provides a pleasing softness. On the other hand, polishing the marble provides a high sheen that looks great in a modern kitchen. All different marble finishes develop their own aged appearance over time but with the correct care they can still look attractive even years after installation, so they make a good investment for a property.
Marble: Things to Remember
In order to keep your marble surfaces sparkling and colourful for years to come, it is important that liquid is not allowed to seep into the stone. Marble is porous and when it absorbs liquid it can stain the stone, causing discolouration. Make sure that marble is properly sealed when you install it in your kitchen, and always wipe up any spills quickly before the liquid gets a chance to leak into the stone. Marble is also somewhat susceptible to scratches, and it makes sense to only chop vegetables and use knives on wooden cooking boards and not on the work surface itself.
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